Indian celebs that have successfully crossed over to Hollywood

Hollywood is the dream destination of many artists around the world; event the very well established names in different films and television industries in various countries try to make to make their mark on Hollywood.


Bollywood stars also possess the same ambitions for their careers, but Hollywood is a tough industry even for them. Only a few names have just about managed to make a few ripples in the water.

There is already a number of Indians, who have a successful career in Hollywood; it seems that Hollywood is more open to actors of Indian origin already based in the US but not relay to actors how are living in India. First up in the acting domain, we have Kal Penn who was born to Gujarati parents and lives in Los Angeles, who is known for the hit franchise ‘Harold and Kumar’  and also had a poignant role in the ‘namesake’.


Archie Panjabi, Jimi Mistry, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Parminder Nagra, Naveen Andrews, Padma Lakshmi are just some of the Indian names that have made a significant impact through their roles in television and films. In the direction and production sector, there are even more names like Shekhar Kapoor, Manoj Shyamalan are just some of the more recognized names.


Bollywood stars from India have had a tough time trying to make a break. Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss World and actress had been invited to the Cannes Film Festival as the brand ambassador of Loreal cosmetics. After this she was also asked to be a judge at the same event much later and starred in Pink Panther 2 along side Steve Martin and was also a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Priyanka Chopra is currently making her mark with her album and has collaborated with rapper PitBull and, releasing two singles. She has managed to become the face of fashion brand Guess.


Mallika Sherawat had worked with Jackie Chan and her film Hiss was released in Cannes, but she did not make a very good impression.

Irrfan Khan has also made a number of films but he isn’t really talked about in India. His brush with Hollywood included some prominent roles in films like Life of Pi, the Name Sake, A Mighty Heart opposite Angelina Jolie, HBO series In Treatment and The Amazing Spiderman.

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